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Math–It’s Oppressive!

The Seattle public schools have developed a new "ethnic studies" curriculum that tells students that mathematics is a tool of oppression. Sure, some of us thought that back in junior high school, especially when we didn't get around to doing our homework. But to have this view endorsed by the schools is remarkable. Robby Soave reports at Reason: The [Seattle public school] district has proposed a new social justice-infused curriculum that would focus on "power and oppression" and "history of resistance and liberation" within the field of mathematics. The curriculum isn't mandatory, but provides a resource for teachers who want to...

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The Compatibility of Political Progressivism and “Something Else” Educationally

Gary Marvin Davison, an engaged educator with a perpetual edge, had a particularly pointed counterpoint in the Star Tribune (Oct. 17) about how the “insidious ideology of education professors and their acolytes” is a core reason why kids do so lousy in math, “Minnesota Low Math Scores are No Accident.”  Here’s a key paragraph: “Over the course of succeeding decades [starting early in the 20th century], education professors appropriated the name ‘progressive,’ applying the term to an array of approaches variously asserted to be ‘child-centered’ and productive of some social good; the unifying element was a creed vowing that systematically acquired...

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Why Do Minnesota Schools Still Cancel Classes for the Teachers’ Union?

It's MEA week in Minnesota, the annual fall ritual in which schools statewide cancel two  classroom days in deference to the annual meeting of the most powerful public employee union in the state, Education Minnesota. The radical union likes to bill it as a time of professional development with this year's session headlined by Eddie Moore, Jr., director of The Privilege Institute and White Privilege Conference. But coverage in the Star Tribune points to potential cracks in the teachers' union lock on time off to further its interests. Minnesota schools’ long tradition of canceling two days of classes for an annual teachers conference...

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